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November 21 is observed as World Television Day globally to highlight the importance of television

Every year, November 21 is observed as World Television Day globally to highlight the importance of television as something beyond an electronic tool.

As we all are very well aware, since its invention, the television has been one of the most vital sources of entertainment, and also has been an important tool to educate people.

In fact, in India, the television became a uniting factor as people all across the country would gather in front of a single screen to watch iconic shows such as Hum Log, Buniyaad, Ramayan, and Mahabharat, etc.

Historically speaking, in November 1996, the United Nations (UN) held its first World Television Forum. Many famous media personalities were part of the forum, where they discussed the growing importance of television worldwide. That was the time when the General Assembly decided to observe November 21 every year as World Television Day.

Moreover, according to the UN, “Television represents a symbol for communication and globalisation in the contemporary world, and World Television Day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents."

It must be noted that television was first invented by a Scottish engineer, John Logie Baird, in the year 1924. Almost after three decades of its invention, television was introduced in India on September 15, 1959, in New Delhi, with the assistance of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Interestingly, in India, programmes were broadcast twice a week for an hour a day on themes such as community health, traffic, road sense citizens' duties, and rights.

Keywords: World Television Day, UNESCO, UN, India, Channels.



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